Pregnancy in the early months is sort of strange. A lot is happening but you don’t feel any fun stuff, just weird things like your organs being in new places or your uterus growing. It is pretty much just uncomfortable.
As soon as I shared the big news, several women (mostly with grown children) got a little misty eyed over memories of their pregnancies and tiny babies. They immediately told me about baby’s first kick and talked of loving the life growing inside. Women with smaller children still seemed excited for me but wary eyes held back their true feelings. Each congratulations came with a bit of “Oh girl, you have no idea what’s coming.”
I have been so lucky thus far. I did not have morning sickness, just a queasiness that I could squelch with a handful of trail mix or a banana. To date not a lot of heartburn or other forms of indigestion common in pregnancies. I have the upmost admiration for women who experience this and still manage to function like a human being. The first trimester I laid on the couch so much it practically molded to my body. I would quit eating dinner to slowly slump onto the table. Tyler would put away the unfinished food and put me straight to bed.
I haven’t gotten that burst of energy I am told comes in the second trimester. Phrases like “superwoman” and “nonstop nesting” have been thrown in my direction but haven’t taken root. Regardless I am glad to just feel like myself. I haven’t given up on naps but going to bed after dark no longer makes me feel hungover.
Now that I don’t go to bed at 7 pm I am faced more often with the reminder that I am living an alcohol free existence. For those who say abstaining from alcohol isn’t that bad, I say YOU ARE CLEARLY NOT A REGULAR DRINKER. (Imagine a really loud voice there, not necessarily me shouting.) Yes, it is easy to make the decision not to drink but that doesn’t mean I stop salivating over the smell of my husband’s hoppy IPA. I have to wipe the drool away when I see friends sipping a chilled glass of vino verde. I do indulge in a “taste” of their drinks as there is much evidence pointing to occasional drinking being safe but I haven’t felt comfortable making the choice to go beyond the rare sip.
I’ve spent the last 13 weeks trying to find fun replacements for my sober drinks. Where once I scoffed at mocktails, now I’m scouring the internet to find them. So far I’ve replaced an evening libation with:
La Croix– It’s an obvious choice. It’s bubbly and has just enough flavor to make you feel like a person who is actually choosing to drink this voluntarily.
Martinelli’s Sparking Apple Cider– This must be served in a wine glass or you will not feel fancy and that defeats the purpose. As a child sparking grape juice was what children were served at Thanksgiving. Always in a wine glass! Even as an adult apple cider is delish and the bubbly takes it to a new level. There came a point where this became a little sweet for me to drink regularly but it made the transition into sober living very helpful.
Izze Sodas– This is another choice on the sweet side but it comes in a glass bottle and in a million yummy flavors. Cover it up with a Freaker and you can pretend you’re drinking a beer like everyone else.
Whole Foods Italian Sodas– Get the blood orange one! It is delicious! It is not as sweet as an Izze but enough that it feels like a good treat.
Flavored waters- I always make flavored waters in the summer to help me increase my water intake but this summer it is especially helpful. Right now I’ve got one small cut up cucumber floating in a large mason jar of water in my fridge. I’ll also be making water with mint, watermelon, lemon, lime and who knows what else! The choices are endless! I can make as many as I want because I’m sober and have a ridiculous amount of time for this kind of thing!
I was drinking kombucha in the early days of my pregnancy but unfortunately the smell puts me off a bit now. I’ve had to take a hiatus from making it. Next time I’ve got a backyard party of some kind I’m going to make a pitcher of one of these drinks I’ve recently discovered. Recently I went to a porch party where they had horchata and kept the booze separate because that’s what the best people every do!
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Oh tiny, insignificant pregnancy woes! In other news we have a sonogram this week which I’m really looking forward to. We have an app that tells us what size produce the baby is and it is nice to have evidence that our baby is not actually an avocado or a turnip or a sweet potato (current produce size status). I’m having a hard time this week not imagining a Mr. or Mrs Potato Head floating around in there. Also, I felt my very first baby movement which is really strange to wrap your head around but also pretty cool.
If anyone has a pregnancy blog to share with me, I’d appreciate it! Only slightly dysfunctional moms please. I need to be able to relate.
8 thoughts on “You Are Clearly Not a Drinker”
Heh, yeah the conundrum of “fun drinks”. I go for the Shirley Temple and fully embrace my inner 10 year old. My husband is in solidarity mode with me so I don’t really notice not drinking, but after the first trimester is over I’ll be allowing myself a sip of vino every once in a while 🙂
I’m only 7 weeks along but haven’t barfed at all yet, and the snacking meal plan thing really helps me. Of course I had diarrhea for 7 days straight last week and for about 2 weeks straight this gnarly belly button twinging, but it could be worse. Barfing is the worst.
Currently reading “Expecting Better” by Emily Oster which addresses all the obsessive puritanical rules out there about what we can and can’t do (my favorite chapter was on sushi, as Japanese women are encouraged to eat it yet we’re told we’ll keel over and die if we take one bite). It was recommended to me by blogger Baby Science Project whose blog is hilarious if you’ve not seen it.
I always forget about the Shirley Temple! I need to get back on those. My husband was in solidarity with me for a while but he couldn’t hack it. To be honest, I’m not sure I would do it for him… 🙂
Congrats on your pregnancy! Diarrhea and belly button twinging? That sounds terrible! I had some stomach cramps that left me feeling pretty wimping but that was the definitely the height of my complaints. I hope your stomach has worked itself out!
I will definitely check out both your recommendations. Japanese women are told to eat sushi? This could definitely be a game changer. I think about sushi pretty much all the time. I’m also desperate for new blogs so I will check out yours and Baby Science Project! Thanks so much!
Here’s a great article on sushi! http://www.parents.com/blogs/everything-pregnancy/2013/07/15/cravings/is-sushi-safe-during-pregnancy/
It appears raw salmon is back in the game. Thank goodness!
Woo hoo! Yeah we get a share of wild Alaskan salmon each year – no way I’m turning that down 🙂
Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous! My husband used to be a salmon fisherman so we used to have all the fish we could ever want but now that we live in North Carolina not so much… I miss it!
Congratulations on the pregnancy! I can completely relate to this. While it is easy to say no to drinks because we know we have a much more important priority growing, it’s still a bit hard to not be able to have a drink. Especially now in the summer months…. everyone is out on terraces with their wine and cheese plates or at events that revolve around drinking and here I am sitting on the couch allowing myself to have a glass of Coke a day IF THAT to get some sugar but worried about the caffeine. Sigh. I used to drink quite a bit honestly and now that I’m pregnant I will actually APPRECIATE a glass of wine rather than drink it just because I really wanted some. (That makes me sound like an alcoholic- I’m not, but come on- wine is wine!) Here’s to the future when we can sit back, actually enjoy some Brie cheese and a glass of wine while out little ones are safe asleep. Keep it up Momma! Oh Also, I’m not sure if you’re a fan or if you have access but Mott’s sells premade margarita/pina colada mixes. They are super cheap and taste great- just add water and ice and blend it- perfect for at home virgin drinks. 🙂
I couldn’t agree more! I’m going to appreciate a good beverage when it’s my turn again. I have the same struggles with whether or not I can have a soda or a sweet drink. I’ve already developed an ice cream dependency so I try to limit the sugar to areas where it’s healthy aka fruit. Thanks for the encouragement- same to you! I haven’t checked out the premade mixes. That definitely might be worth a shot on these hot summer days. Sometimes you just need something!